We often need to use cardboard boxes to protect products from any damage caused by bumping or shaking. Sz. Variáns, therefore, offers such type of packaging as well.
Areas of use
Cardboard boxes are primarily used when moving, or for the shipment of products – whether it be a company moving from one office building to another, or home delivery of an ordered product to the customer. They have numerous benefits, as we can pack several items quickly in one box, which can be easily closed, and moreover one single box is much more convenient to carry in hand than carrying each item therein separately.
Items stored in cardboard boxes are less exposed to dust or any other damage. If several files or folders are put into the same box, and the type of documents contained therein, as well as the year and other relevant data is indicated on the box, in the future any necessary document can be found easily and quickly in a well-organised box.
To provide for protection, the thickness of the packaging material, as well as the required clearance between the objects to be packed and the wall of the box is worth to be taken into consideration. Empty spaces are filled with space filler material, such as newspaper or bubble foil. At the end, the package shall be closed with strong adhesive tape.
- For preparing creative hobby products
Cardboard boxes of various sizes and shapes can be used as background decor, on which sky or sea can be drawn, painted, or as decoration at a birthday party hanging small gift boxes at various points of the room, and they are useful for any kind of creative activity or hobby, such as making a cardboard castle for children.
The advantages of cardboard boxes
- They can be easily stored when unfolded flat
- They are environmentally friendly and recyclable
- Depending on the material, they can carry large loads
- They are suitable for repeated use
- They can be made in unique sizes on demand
- Inscriptions, prints and labels are easy to attach on the surface
- The flaps close in the middle of the bottom and top parts of the boxes, and therefore they do not overlap
- They can be sealed in various manners: with glue, adhesive tape, straps or stitching
- They are available in various sizes, different types can be made
- They are suitable for the transportation of heavy products
Types of cardboard boxes
- Secondary cardboard boxes for group packaging
They are the most widely used types of boxes. After use, the bottom and lower parts are sealed only with adhesive tapes, while they are transported in unfolded, flat form.
- Diecut cardboard box
This type of boxes is made with a single piece, by means of folding. It is not necessary to use adhesive types, because they can be properly handled with folding. The use of this type is basically proposed for the packaging of individual items.
- Cardboard boxes with lids
They are boxes fully opened on the top, but with separate lids that large facilitate the removal and insertion of the products into the cardboard boxes. They are easy to open and close, only the lids need to be moved. They can be freely closed and opened. The most well-known field of application is the packaging of cakes and gift, as the surprise becomes instantly visible after the removal of the lid.
This category includes all the elements that are placed into boxes in order to separate products from each other and safeguard them from damage. Such elements are creates, inserts, edge-protecting pieces and separating boards. This latter type of accessories can be encountered the most frequently when one buys eggs; in the egg box, it can be seen how neatly eggs are separated from each other with the separating accessory.
Other types of cardboard boxes
In addition to the above examples, there are plenty of other types of cardboard boxes that can be seen in everyday life.
- Cardboard box lined with polyethylene
- Stitched and glued, top- and bottom-folding cardboard boxes
- Trimmed cardboard boxes
- Special, e.g. cooling cardboard boxes
- Cardboard box accessories: trays, combed sectioning, cut boards
- Cardboard inserts, paper inserts and other accessories
The making of cardboard boxes
The making of cardboard boxes is part of the operations of a number of businesses that are mostly involved in tool-making, workshop-based activities, the production of various materials. These companies tend to be active or start their operations in workshops, garages, and then aspire to broaden their working processes to embrace a lot of other activities throughout the years. Among others, such an activity is the making of a range of boxes, which adds to the complexity of operations, and strengthens the potential to remain in the market. From among the various types of machines used for the making of cardboard box, for instance, the platen diecutting machine can be mentioned, as it allows the manufacturing of cardboard boxes of various sizes or the cylinder diecutting machine as a device that is also suitable for the manufacturing of boxes of excellent quality. Nowadays, innovative companies that are able to renew their operations tend to change from the earlier way of paper-based planning to AutoCad-based software solutions in designing cut-out tools, which largely contributes to the manufacturing processes of cardboard box production.
The production process
The key work process of cardboard box manufacturing is called diecutting. Diecutting in fact means the work process when the box is cut out with the use of a special tool. Along folding lines, windows are created by means of grooving or cutting. The last phase of the manufacturing process is gluing, as well as the preparation of the box for packaging. After production, boxes are stored in unfolded sheets, principally for the better utilisation of storage space.
A cardboard box can be most efficiently decorated with the use of printing and painting. On the shelves of stores, different products can be seen with various images, motifs in paint or print in order to enable the quick recognition of the product concerned. Kids are happy to see their favourite animal character painted on a product, and consequently they are more likely to choose the given product, as their beloved figure also consumes the delicacy intended to be sold, such as in the case of a bar of chocolate. On the other hand, adults tend to consider more weighty aspects, such as the creative, appealing, quality work on the box, as well as the way how colours have been professionally designed during the creation of the product. In general, it is worth envisaging the target consumers for whom the product is made when decisions are made on the decoration, shape of the product, the use of painting, printing or other decorative elements, as well as surfing on the Internet and and enquiring from special design companies to find creative concepts.
There exists an environmentally friendly and smart cardboard design that reveals the best and most astonishing solution for the use of cardboard boxes. Boxes that are easy and cheap to buy can be turned into pieces of furniture in our apartments after painting, gluing, cutting with scissors and the application of other decorative solutions, as a kind of unique design elements Shelves, seating furniture, lamps can be made with reliance on some expertise, aptitude and artisanship. Nowadays, there are businesses that have expressly specialised in converting cardboard boxes into furniture.